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See local

Posted by shermancharles on March 19, 2008

© Rachel Mackow

I went to a local photography gallery in Hopewell, NJ [http://www.gallery14.com] this past weekend to see some work by a few local photographers. While there I grabbed a postcard off a stack lying on a small corner table. The front cover was a beautiful black and white photograph of a forest setting. Wonderful, image titled – “Black cohosh in Fog”. Flipping the card over I learned that it was taken in The Sourland Mountain Reserve in Somerset county. A short 10 minute drive from my house. That evening I logged on to the photographer’s website to view the rest of the portfolio from that series. I was really amazed. I have hiked through the Sourlands often, and always thought it would be an interesting place to photograph but never go around to it. Also I never decided on the approach that I would take. I must say that I was very inspired by what the photographer, Rachel Mackow, had done.

So the moral of this story is to see local. Look around you. Some of us sit around wishing we could travel to exotic locations, and photograph interesting places and people. We may find ourselves very surprised at what lies right around our corner. Develop your creativity to be inspired by the commonplace and find the stories that are right underneath your nose.

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The eyes

Posted by shermancharles on March 7, 2008

Portrait of Saudia

© Sherman Charles

I took this photograph two summer ago. I love her eyes.

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Great Quote

Posted by shermancharles on December 28, 2007

“Life doesn’t happen in perfect light” – Randy Olson

World renowned photographer photojournalist in Toyota Land Cruiser commercial.

http://www.toyota.com/vehicles/minisite/landcruiser/experience/ 

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To check out

Posted by shermancharles on November 29, 2007

I haven’t posted to this blog in some time. I thought I would begin my return with some links I think are worth checking out.

Ovation TV – Week long special about photography

Behind-the-scenes look at a how an advertising promo can be made. Brought to you by the talent at Bruton Stroube Studios in St. Louis, MO.

If you’re into creative photography, especially portraiture, checking out the premier issue of Nutopia Magazine .

New York Times review of the “New Photography 2007” installation at MOMA.

If you’re an Ansel Adams fan and you live in NJ, check out Ansel Adams, Moonrise: Pride the Legend, currently exhibiting at the Princeton University Museum

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Wedding Photography Offer

Posted by shermancharles on November 1, 2007

Read Here

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New portfolio website

Posted by shermancharles on October 7, 2007

I have finally launched my new website – www.shermancharles.com. Since I have started an official website a little over a year ago I have launched at least 4 separate versions. I can never seem to be satisfied with my site. I find myself asking the same questions:

Are the images loading fast enough? Does it look professional? Do I look professional? Do my images “sell”?

I obsess over these question and many more as I view the site. I then come to the conclusion that my images are terrible and that is the main reason I do not like my website. I do not like my work. Then I read other photographer blogs, and speak with other artists and I learn a curious thing: many artists do not like their own work. We’re overly critical of ourselves. We are impatient. We compare ourselves to others and ask why does X’s work look/sound so much better than mine. I think it’s because of the fear of the one true thing. The fear and realization that no one can really “tell” you what to do. You can be guided, instructed, mentored ..but you cannot be told. You can copy the work of others, imitate style, read, study, stare. But ultimately that telling, the creation of your style, your work – is wholly your endeavor. It is a labor that only you can undergo. It is a deeply personal process, that is both painful and rewarding. And it is not easy. But it is worth it.

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Photography & Dignity

Posted by shermancharles on September 23, 2007

I don’t like visiting a photographer’s travel section and seeing images of naked or half naked African children, bellies distended, snot-nosed, with big hungry eyes staring into the camera. Photojournalism telling a story is one thing. Some photographer from California displaying “Africa’s poor” on his website is another. I think plenty of those images exist. If you are privileged enough to travel to Africa and share in these people’s lives then the least you can do is treat them with some dignity. There are plenty of images of Africa that show the beauty of it’s people, the richness of it’s culture, commerce, progress – why aren’t those being taken?

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A new beginning

Posted by shermancharles on September 14, 2007

I started writing a blog before and sucked miserably. Let’s see what happens with this one.

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